Meet the Staff

Photography Instructors

Steve Anchell is a former photography instructor for Oregon State University. Since 1979 he has conducted film and digital media workshops for the International Center for Photography in NYC; Santa Fe Photographic Workshops; Toscana Photographic Workshops (Italy); the Universities of California at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Irvine; University of Cincinnati; and University of Denver; and many others.

Steve began legally taking photographers to Cuba in 2001. He knows the island, the people, and the culture, better than anyone who has just begun taking people to Cuba since December. And he can teach you to be a photographer of people, culture, and change.

His three books, The Darkroom Cookbook, The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, and The Film Developing Cookbook are international bestsellers. Focal Press released his fourth book, Digital Photo Assignments, in August 2015.

Annie Katz began taking pictures at the age of eight! After graduating from college she went to work for the Miami Herald and then with Associated Press. She loves photographing wildlife, people, landscapes and different cultures.

Annie has won numerous international awards over the years, they are all listed on her web site. She has been exhibited in numerous galleries in the US and Europe and has been featured in photography magazines worldwide. Annie is currently represented by Getty Images, Still Pictures LTD-London representing the United Nations Environmental Protection Program, The African Wildlife Foundation, The Wynn and The Encore Hotels in Las Vegas.


Mary Ellen Wortham is a Southern California fine art photographer whose images find liberal play across traditional, digital, alternative, mixed, experimental, emerging processes and technologies. Her photography has received critical recognition and laudatory notice of curators from such celebrated institutions as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Art-Boston, Whitney Museum, and International Center of Photography. Select works are in permanent collection at Ventura County Museum of History & Art. Mary Ellen’s thirty-five-year freelance career is punctuated with sabbaticals into the high school classroom; she has developed university-recognized photography curricula in venues private and privileged, public and at-risk.

For creative growth, recharge and self-discovery Mary Ellen heartily avers: Anyone can fall, anyone can land—no big deal. It’s the challenge then thrill of the jump that brings on magic.

Writing Coaches

Terry Persun has been writing and publishing short stories and novels since the early 1970s. He has been the recipient of seven novel and poetry awards over the years, including the Star of Washington Award, a Silver IPPY for historical fiction, two Book of the Year finalist awards in the science fiction category, two finalist awards from the USA Book News International Book Awards (one in science fiction and one in historical fiction), two poetry chapbook awards, and a Jeanne Voge Poetry Award. The shape-shifting world in Terry’s book Doublesight was selected by Amazon as the basis for the Kindle World of the same name.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) board member, Terry Persun, holds an MA in creative writing from SUNY Stony Brook.

Author, journalist, activist and teacher, Donna Conrad has written three books, including her narrative non-fiction, House of the Moon: Surviving the Sixties, available on

A proponent of “writing raw" Conrad won 1st place in the prestigious Zebulon award and was a finalist for the Maui Writers Conference Rupert Hughes Award for her first person narrative, A Woman Unto Herself.

An English and Psychology Major at the California State Polytechnic University, Conrad studied writing with Alan Ginsberg, Annie Dillard, Natalie Goldberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Erica Jong.

Donna has led tours to Cuba for Anchell Workshops for more than ten years.

Events / Web Content

Jacqui (J.D.) Sullivan is co-developer and guide for the Cuba Writers Retreat, a new and inspiring experience through Anchell Workshops. Sullivan herself is a fiction writer (now finishing her third Sci-Fi thriller), as well as veteran project manager. She combines her literary passion with traditional skills in strategy, planning, and logistics to help launch and host a writer-centric experience in an unusual and exotic environment.

Sullivan holds the position of trustee on the board of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA), where she helps the non-profit expand their online presence with marketing strategy and the launch of web-based initiatives. She also provides critique and consulting for authors through PNWA programs and is currently helping to launch their upcoming blog.


Roberto is a professional Cuban guide who has worked closely with Steve since 2001 helping to design and lead workshops. He will be available to assist you 24/7.

Anay is a senior guide with Paradiso travel agency.

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